Deborah’s Desk – December 2022

December 21, 2022

Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

May the Holy Spirit envelop you in the anticipation and preparation of the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ and bless you and your family as we celebrate Christmas and the new year!

As we begin the new Liturgical church calendar and end the traditional calendar year, we are happy to share with you that over 500 retreats will have taken place between January 1 and December 31, 2022. Yes, over 500 in 3 countries! A resounding Return to Community! We have over 37 parishes on the waiting list for ACTS and 32 scholarship requests. One of our Sisters in Christ shares her experience:

“October 2001 changed my life. It enhanced my relationship with Christ, and my relationships with humans. My parish, ACTS and ACTS Missions gave me communities that have truly become sisters and brothers in Christ. LOVE…PURE UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. In 21 years, we have shared not only our personal spiritual growth, but the joys and sadness of life…births, weddings, illness, deaths. I cannot imagine going through the highlights or lowlights of life without my communities.” –Molly in Texas

The ACTS Retreat was a vision created. And 35 years later, you keep the retreat alive. You save lives by bringing women, men, and teens closer to Christ and your generosity fuels the ACTS Apostolate. God is good, all the time!

Thank you for your generosity of time, talent, and treasure in sharing your love of Jesus Christ. May the Holy Spirit continue to guide you and guard you.

We continue to pray for you, your parishes, ACTS Cores, and ACTS Retreat Teams & Retreatants. Please keep us in your prayers, too.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid;
for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:
to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”
(Luke 2:10-11 NRSV-CE)

your sister in Christ and fellow Missioner,

Join me as a spiritual Missioner! JOIN NOW

P.S. It bears repeating…if you’re on a Retreat Team or the newest member of Core, be sure to sign up for online training. ACTS Retreat Manuals (print versions will be mailed to you) or ACTS Core Charter (PDF) included!

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